Oliver Stone's U.S.A
Film, History, and Controversy, Toplin, Robert Brent, Paperback
Like no other filmmaker, Oliver Stone has left an indelible mark on public
opinion and political life, even as he has generated enormous controversy and
debate among those who take issue with his dramatic use of history. This book
brings Stone face-to-face with some of his most thoughtful critics and
supporters and allows Stone himself ample room to respond to their views.
Featuring such luminaries as David Halberstam, Stephen Ambrose, Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr., Walter LaFeber, and Robert Rosenstone, these writers critique
Stone's most contested films to show how they may distort, amplify, or
transcend the historical realities they appear to depict. Films including
Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July. The Doors, JFK,
Heaven and Earth, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon are examined, giving a fuller
appreciation of Stone as both artist and intellectual. In response, Stone
offers an articulate and passionate defense of his artistic vision.